The Missing Blogger Returns … but briefly …

Playing with Mother William Kay Blacklock

Playing with Mother – William Kay Blacklock
~ source Wikimedia Commons

To all my friends, followers and those who just happen to stumble across my blog, I’m so sorry that I’ve been absent and have fallen behind in The Iliad Read-Along.  My mother has been in the hospital for the last month+, which has taken up most of my time for reading and blogging.  She lives some distance from me, about 1 1/2 – 3 hours round-trip, depending on traffic, and with the visits and talks with doctors, etc. I’ve had little time to do much else.  Right now, she’s not eating much and at times refusing food, so it doesn’t look good.  She’s had a long life and she says that she’s ready to go, so I believe it’s just a matter of when.  It’s sad but then again, it’s part of life and we must accept what it brings. Hopefully Jesus has made a special place for her with the angels. 😇

The Sewer and the Angel Clara Walther

The Sewer and the Angel – Clara Walther
~ source Wikimedia Commons

I promise I will finish up The Iliad read-along when I can and maybe even do a post here and there, if possible (is this wishful thinking?)  Many apologies, Silvia and Ruth, as I will be reluctantly bowing out of the One Hundred Years of Solitude read-along.  I so wish I could participate but I know I just couldn’t manage it right now.  As for The Odyssey read-along that is planned for April, I’m still saying that it’s a go, but ONLY because I already have it prepared; if I was reading and posting like The Iliad I wouldn’t be able to do it.  So hopefully (and an optimistic “hopefully”) it will proceed as planned.

I hope all of you are doing well.  Hug your families and be grateful for them!


~ Cleo ~ ❤️

23 thoughts on “The Missing Blogger Returns … but briefly …

  1. Sorry you’re having to deal with this, even while we all know we all have to deal with it at some point.

    I hope you can just let blogging go (from your mind) so that you can eventually come back again. Don’t burn out from real life stress. Will be praying for you and your family…

  2. Thank you for all your knowledge and encouragement in my reading of the illiad, and now it is time to take care of yourself and your family.

    Looking forward to your return when and only when you are ready. Take care.

  3. Cleo,
    I send you oodles of hugs! First and foremost, I’m hoping against hope that you’re taking really good care of yourself. When my mom was in her final illness, it helped me to be told by friends who had also experienced this, that eating well, buying that little indulgence for oneself, flowers, whatever it takes, gave me the extra strength I needed to manage. If I could, I would send you a pot of homemade chicken soup and a loaf of homemade bread. Best wishes!

  4. Cleo, I have had you in my thoughts, and because of our emails I knew it was due to your mother’s illness.
    I send you my love and a big hug, and a huge thanks. I only have 20 pages to finish The Iliad. Your posts were enough to get me grounded in it. I have loved it deeply, and though I have missed you terribly, I am grateful for the time we have had.
    No need to apologize. I know Ruth understands. Life has its own challenges, and the Lord sends us different seasons too and we must accept them. Even me I may change to a job that won’t allow me lots of reading either. However, I know we will meet here at one point.

  5. I was thinking about you and planning to drop you an email over the weekend! I am so so sorry for your Mom but I am facing a similar crisis with my father and I completely agree with you. Hopefully they will find a better place soon! My thoughts and prayers with you and your loved ones! Hang in there my sister and we shall get through this night! Big Hug!

  6. Hi, Cleo, I was wondering what happened to you…and I came here to check; so now I know, and I understand. Family must come first! Be with your mom, as much as you need to, and don’t worry about us. I pray that you are surrounded by loved ones and are lifted up in their encouragement and support.

  7. Thanks everyone for your kind sympathy and wishes! I’m really overwhelmed by the response. I know we only connect virtually but it’s so encouraging to know there are people other than those you can physically meet who care about what you’re going through. I truly appreciate every one of you and wish I could respond to each and every comment; however I’ll post one big one here. My mom passed away on March 3rd. We knew about a week ahead of time that was going to be the outcome. She was a feisty and positive spirit until the end. I miss her terribly but I truly believe that she’s singing with the angels!

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